The best welfare blogs of 2013

Michael Harris /   June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 3,072 views

Here’s our own selection of the best blogs we’ve published this year in welfare. Thanks to all of the frontline and independent bloggers who’ve kindly agreed to publish with Guerilla Policy in 2013 – Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to them all. More #JSA stories – and comparisons with the MPs who are really ripping us off “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – it’s the gross lack of balance I can’t stand. It’s the extraordinary double standard. This is unreal. It can’t last.” Kate Belgrave looks at the treatment of people in receipt of JSA and contrasts it with MPs and their excessive expense claims. Posted in November by Kate Belgrave Living wage week “Low paid workers are not asking for a great deal, simply the means to pay for the aspirations that anyone could reasonably expect of life in the UK in 2013.” Jeremy Cripps tells the story of Jon to illustrate the need for a national living wage. Posted in November by Jeremy Cripps at Children North East 400,000 made destitute by new JSA sanctions regime “Quite how someone left with no money is meant to clean, maintain or buy clothes for interviews, or pay for travel for interviews or pay for internet access to look for jobs …seems to be an unanswered question.” Birmingham Against the Cuts questions how sanctions are supposed to help people find work. Posted in November by Birmingham Against the Cuts Mind the gap – the new social contract “The state is rolling back, the social contract is changing between the individual and Government and the prevailing political ideology is that “Big Society” will fill the gap that has opened up. What does this mean in practice for all of us?” Thea Stein argues that families and charities are being asked to fill the gap left by the roll back of the state. Posted in October by Thea Stein at The Carers Trust Unemployment is not a sign of bad character “The Labour Party has decided it’s not worth standing up for the poorest and most vulnerable, in work or out of work: the thing to do is what the Tories and LibDems are doing, kick them while they’re down and make sure they can’t ever get up.” Jane Carnall considers Rachel Reeves recent Guardian interview following her recent promotion in the Labour reshuffle. Posted in October by Jane Carnall at Edinburgh Eye Long term unemployment: four people in their own words. And why the word “vulnerable” needs to go “One of the reasons I’m posting these transcripts is that in the last week especially, we’ve not heard enough from people who’ve actually experienced long-term unemployment.” Kate Belgrave shares four stories from people who have been unemployed for several years. Posted in October by Kate Belgrave Shouldn’t “Policy Exchange” be honest? “Propaganda Exchange” is more accurate “I’m SICK of half truths and misleading sentences. Sick of cherry picked data that uses random figures to paint false pictures. Sick of assumptions about the labour market and fraud that just aren’t true.” Sue Marsh takes aim at a new report from Policy Exchange. Posted in September by Sue Marsh at Diary of a Benefit Scrounger Memoirs of a benefits scrounger: Jobcentre sanctions me for getting a job “My transition from good-for-nothing benefits scrounger to upstanding citizen is only a phone call away. …Turned out it wasn’t so easy.” Slutocrat recounts the rigmarole of dealing with the JobCentre. Posted in May by Slutocrat MPs get 30% pay rise, average worker gets 20% pay cut “The Government is certainly Making Work Pay …just not for 99% of the population.” Scriptonite Daily urges action against widening inequality. Posted in May by Scriptonite Daily Moral disgust, financial discipline and efficiency: Smartcards and 21st century welfare “21st Century poverty in the UK clearly provides profits for some, while entrenching punitive regimes of control and ever more restricted life choices for the rest.” Teresa Cairns criticises proposals to introduce pre-paid cards for welfare recipients. Posted in May by Teresa Cairns Cycling not shirking “The belief that there are people who work and are paid wages, and people who are unemployed and claim benefits, and that they are both different and separate, is not only wrong, but completely misunderstands one of the biggest challenges facing unemployed people and those in low paid jobs.” Jane Mansour criticises the shirkers vs. strivers ‘debate’. Posted in January by Jane Mansour at Buying Quality Performance

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